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The Resource Energy at the crossroads : global perspectives and uncertainties, Vaclav Smil, (electronic book)

Energy at the crossroads : global perspectives and uncertainties, Vaclav Smil, (electronic book)

Label
Energy at the crossroads : global perspectives and uncertainties
Title
Energy at the crossroads
Title remainder
global perspectives and uncertainties
Statement of responsibility
Vaclav Smil
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In Energy at the Crossroads, Vaclav Smil considers the twenty-first century's crucial question: how to reconcile the modern world's unceasing demand for energy with the absolute necessity to preserve the integrity of the biosphere. With this book he offers a comprehensive, accessible guide to today's complex energy issues -- how to think clearly and logically about what is possible and what is desirable in our energy future.After a century of unprecedented production growth, technical innovation, and expanded consumption, the world faces a number of critical energy challenges arising from unequal resource distribution, changing demand patterns, and environmental limitations. The fundamental message of Energy at the Crossroads is that our dependence on fossil fuels must be reduced not because of any imminent resource shortages but because the widespread burning of oil, coal, and natural gas damages the biosphere and presents increasing economic and security problems as the world relies on more expensive supplies and Middle Eastern crude oil.Smil begins with an overview of the twentieth century's long-term trends and achievements in energy production. He then discusses energy prices, the real cost of energy, and "energy linkages" -- the effect energy issues have on the economy, on quality of life, on the environment, and in wartime. He discusses the pitfalls of forecasting, giving many examples of failed predictions and showing that unexpected events can disprove complex models. And he examines the pros and cons not only of fossil fuels but also of alternative fuels such as hydroenergy, biomass energy, wind power, and solar power. Finally, he considers the future, focusing on what really matters, what works, what is realistic, and which outcomes are most desirable
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smil, Vaclav
Dewey number
333.79
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HD9502.A2
LC item number
S543 2003eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Energy policy
  • Energy policy
  • Energy policy
  • Energy policy
  • Energy development
  • Globalization
  • Power resources
  • Petroleum industry and trade
  • History, Modern
  • Politique énergétique
  • Politique énergétique
  • Politique énergétique
  • Politique énergétique
  • Énergie
  • Mondialisation
  • Ressources énergétiques
  • Pétrole
  • Histoire moderne et contemporaine
Label
Energy at the crossroads : global perspectives and uncertainties, Vaclav Smil, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [383]-418) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Long-term trends and achievements -- Energy linkages -- Against forecasting -- Fossil fuel futures -- Nonfossil energies -- Possible futures
Control code
IEEEMIT61678131
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 427 p.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262283847
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
ill., maps.
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
ocm61678131
Label
Energy at the crossroads : global perspectives and uncertainties, Vaclav Smil, (electronic book)
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [383]-418) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Long-term trends and achievements -- Energy linkages -- Against forecasting -- Fossil fuel futures -- Nonfossil energies -- Possible futures
Control code
IEEEMIT61678131
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 427 p.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262283847
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
ill., maps.
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
ocm61678131

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